while i question gilbride at times its not entirely his fault. the pass offense this year hasn't been the same because of an unheathly nicks but also no manningham as well. in order for this pass offense to work at this time of the year you need three reliable wrs playing and knowing the concepts and not plug in players (eg:barden/randle/jernigan) not knowing the system. hopefully randle becomes that guy next year but look what happened after 08. nicks/mario/steve looked great after 8 games but issues popped up at the 2nd half of the year where mario and nicks weren't on the same page as eli. it took the core three a good two years to fully grasp the concepts which you hear a lot from gilbride. well what about cruz in 11, technically it was his first full year as a starter? yes, but he was with the team the year before and that time spent with eli during the lock out helped accelerating his learning curve or he could just be smart guy.
the OL has been an issue that we've been talking about for the past two to three years. it doesn't matter if nicks and cruz are at 100% and randle becomes the next mario, if eli doesn't have time for routes to develop and find the open receiver it doesn't matter because he will be off target or get sacked.
also the team changed after the brown injury and hasn't been the same. i think if brown stayed heathy we wouldn't be where we are right now. brown not only got yards after contact and knew how to hit the hole, he passed protected better than bradshaw but caught balls better in the backfield. he reminded me a lot of ward.
again like gilbride i question perry at times as well like the 3rd and 18 in the 2nd qtr but that was more of a great play call and busted coverage by rolle and webster. sometimes he plays zone too many times for me but he is very inflexible with his calls and concepts. he is a zone D type coach and that's why we match up well with teams like NE and GB because their offensive system attacks the D within a 5 - 20yd window. when other teams and players says there's holes they're talking about vertically and they'll attack beyond 20yds and you hope that the D line gets to the qb. this is where kenny is missed playing center field and while stevie has been great he doesn't cover the whole field the way kenny can, he can only cover a half. so when people said kenny doesn't get enough ints its because he was more of a pass deflection type safety because of what they asked him to do. yes he needs to change but it doesn't help when your system requires CB/SS that are quick and smart but also healthy. imagine if thomas wasn't lost for the season, or if kenny was healthy. how much better would webster,prince and rolle be.
and while we are quick to get rid of Killdrive just look at the steelers with haley, a new OC is not the answer. the answer for me is getting healthy players at the right time just like last year. football is a game of a few plays here and there that decide the outcome. what if mario and tyree doesn't make the catch. what if nicks doesn't get that last pass in the first half does it change how GB comes out in the 2nd?, how about the strip of osi on rodgers, or the fumble-kneeitis of williams in the nfc championship game. this is still a good footbal team that knows how to win, they just need to get healthy and its just sad that it couldn't happen again this year. here's the thing, if-IF they get in somehow, i have good feeling they can go far. maybe not all the way but they can make some noise.